Bigger tips help alot too. I usually use a 3.2mm chisel tip with my soldering station cranked all the way, with the calibration pot cranked when I work with turrets. Adding solder to the tip to help increase contact area for heat flow is another thing that will help.
+2! When I bought my Hakko 936 soldering station, I got a fine chisel tip for pedal work and a 3.2mm chisel tip for coarser work, amps in particular. You need the added contact area and MASS to provide rapid enough heat transfer for larger metal pieces, like these turrets. I don't even turn the iron's heat control up--it's enough just to use the bigger tip, at least with my Hakko station. It's also great for soldering grounding wires to the back of control pots in guitars, which used to drive me nuts with a small iron tip.
Total hours: 5 but that's because I took it real slow with the mechanical stuff, thinking it all through before jumping in. I'm famous for tearing things up and I sure did not want to do that with this little number!
Started on my Champlifier kit the other night and got through the turret board population & wiring before I had to stop. Like Mike, I'm taking it very slow. Will knock it off by Saturday, though.
Mods? The way this little guy sounds I would say none right now.
The only mod I'm planning for the initial build is the 470 ohm 1W screen resistor. Want to thoroughly check out the stock tone before making any changes.
The JJ's are really nice - I have them in other amps.
+1. I converted my Blues Jr. to use octals and have a pair of JJ 6V6S's in it, which sound great. The 6V6S is a beefier tube than your typical 6V6GT, with significantly more plate area. You can see the difference on THIS PAGE
at Bill Machrone's web site. He claims that this increased plate area contributes to noticeably better bass performance, and my Blues Jr. certainly has a nice thump with them. Also, the JJ tube is apparently often used in 40-60 watt 6L6 amps where players want less power and headroom, earlier breakup. Among 6V6 tubes, it’s the only one that can handle the higher plate voltages of these amps.
When the cabinet comes, we'll see if the 8" is to my liking - if not I will mod the baffle to accept a 10".
Mike, are you sure the cabinet itself is big enough to take a 10" baffle/speaker?
Now give us 240V BYOC
In the works. AAMOF, the kit I received has the dual service 240/120 PT that Keith is planning to offer. I think he just needs to finish modifying the kit instructions for installation/wiring with this dual-service PT and it should be ready to go.